Study Theatre Arts at Curtin

Theatre Arts

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-PERFS

Major
Theatre Arts Major (BA)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
200

Outline

Are you a budding actor or director? This course is the perfect training ground for passionate theatre artists.

Kate Mulvany

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Curtin’s Hayman Theatre stages up to 25 productions per year.

The Theatre Arts major equips you with all the creative practice and the theory you need to perform both on and off the stage. It is a comprehensive training ground for passionate theatre artists.

At Curtin you will benefit from studying the longest established theatre arts course in Western Australia.

You’ll develop the full range of fundamental skills, theoretical understanding, and practical experience of theatre and performance practice. These include:

  • acting
  • directing
  • writing and devising
  • dramaturgy
  • critical analysis
  • stage management
  • theatre production.

You’ll learn from artists-in-residence who have professional production experience, and you could apply your skills in the Hayman Theatre Company’s on-campus public production program.

You’ll have the opportunity to work on five major productions and up to 20 student directed productions each year. Staged on campus and in venues around Perth, these productions range from classical drama to contemporary works.

Theatre Arts is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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How this course will make you industry ready

  • There are plenty of opportunities for you to develop your practical skills and portfolio. You can audition for or work on up to twenty-five public productions a year with the on-campus Hayman Theatre Company.
  • Learn first-hand from staff and artists-in-residents with extensive and ongoing industry experience.
  • Graduate with skills and working methods applicable to your own creative practice and career.
  • Forge a network of professional contacts and like-minded peers.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Career information

Careers

  • Actor
  • Stage / film / TV director
  • Performing arts technician
  • Playwright
  • Production crew
  • Stage manager

Industries

  • Theatre and screen
  • Screen advertising

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the field of Theatre Arts to creative practice, production, practice-led research and interpretation
  • critically analyse the elements of performance both in theory and practice to generate new knowledge and create original performance
  • conduct both theoretical and practice-led research that evaluates and synthesises diverse sources of information
  • articulate ideas, critically and practically, with an understanding of how voice, gesture, space and other staging techniques communicate meaning
  • operate appropriate theatre technology within creative productions
  • identify and initiate ways to develop their skills and experience in order to continue their learning and development; engage in critical and reflective practice
  • identify and apply international perspectives within the fields of performance and performance making
  • recognise the vital contribution of inter-cultural approaches to performance and performance making and demonstrate respect for cultural diversity
  • initiate individual and collaborative projects based on a sound knowledge of the principles of the Theatre Arts field and best professional practice

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2018 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

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Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au
Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-PERFS
  • Last updated on: January 15, 2020